Thursday, July 25, 2013


Super Simple Roll Up Baby Changing Pads


Please read through all the instructions before you begin. This pattern makes 2 pads.



Materials:

¾ Yard Cotton Patterned Fabric or PUL Fabric (If you prefer waterproof material)

(I used “Dress Up Days” cotton quilting fabric)

¾ Yard Double sided Minky (this makes it super soft and nice and padded for baby)

2, Elastic Hair bands

2, 1” Buttons

Complementary Thread

Rotary cutter (optional)

Cutting Matt (optional)

Quilting Ruler (optional)

 

Cut two 26” x 15” rectangles of each fabric.





Place the patterned fabric face down on top of the minky fabric, Slip an elastic hair band in between the two layers on the left or right 15” side, matching the edge of the band to the raw edge of the fabric Pin in place.





Pin around the entire rectangle, over the hair band using a 1/4” seam. Make sure to leave a small 3” to 4” opening on one side to turn your fabric right side out.


 

Clip the corners and turn right side out. Smooth all the edges and center.



Fold the open raw edges to the inside, pin and sew close to the edge to close.


 



Pin the two fabrics together in several places and use a complementary colored thread (I used orange) to sew a big X from one corner to the other. I used a zig zag stitch. Then sew all the way around the edges of the changing pad using a zig zag stitch.




Your changing mat is almost complete. Just roll up to find the exact spot to place your button. Mark it and sew in your button. Roll long ways or fold in the sides and make a nice small roll.






Complete your second pad in the same way.  See all my great pattern tutorials at www.beffie48.etsy.com

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fat Cross Quilt

I recently purchased some new quilt making software and this is my first attempt to use it.  I decided on this adorable fat cross pattern. The software is called Electric Quilt 6. There is a newer version of this program out, but I got a good deal on this older version on ebay.  I didn't want to invest too much money only to find out that the software was too hard for me to use or that I didn't like it.  I really love this quilt!
The pattern and the finished quilt are for sale on my Etsy Site.  It was fast and easy to make and came out so cute!  I used Butterfly Garden and Chevron fabrics from Riley Blake.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quick Circle Quilt


I love circle quilts but I don't love the hassle of cutting and ironing on interfacing, so with that in mind I decided to skip that step.  Hence the quick and dirty.  I am in love with the colors on this quilt.  This pattern is so easy, you can make it in a day. Finished quilt measures approx 36" x 46"

Supplies
1/4 yard of 5 or 6 different coordinating fabrics, cut into 5" circles, 30 circles total
1/2 Yard of Fabric for Framing, Cut 2, 2" strips for the sides, Cut 2 4" strips for the top and bottom
2 Yards White Fabric
1 1/4 Yard Fabric for Backing
1/2 Yard Fabric for Binding
1 1/4 Yards of Batting
1 Circle Cutter, I used an Olfa Rotary Circle Cutter.  (You don't have to have this but it makes life so much easier)
                                                                  Cut out your 30 circles

                                             I also love this rotating mat for cutting my circles

Next cut your white squares. Your will need 30, 7" squares

Lay your circles in the center of your white squares and sew around the outside edge with a zig zag stitch.

Here are the completed circles, they are so pretty!

Next lay out your blocks in rows of 5.  You will have 6 rows of 5 blocks. Sew Row with 1/4" seam

Next add your framing, sew the 2" strips to the sides, then sew the 4" strips to the top and bottom.

Next add your backing and batting, then sew your binding and your Quilt is complete.
Here is a photo of the completed quilt after I have washed it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Burp Cloths - Burpee Pattern

Need a cute Baby Shower Gift?  Having a new baby?  Make these cute Burp Cloths!  They are so nice and soft for burping baby and easy to make!

Supplies to make 2 Rag Burp Cloths:
Fabric #1 - ¼ Yard of a cute patterned flannel fabric
Fabric #2 - ¼ Yard of Minky or a coordinating flannel fabric
Fabric #3 - ¼ Yard of White Flannel (for the middle layer) You can use a colored flannel for the middle layer if you wish.
Rotary Cutter
Fabric Ruler
Cutting Mat
Sharp Scissors or Quilt Snips

Begin:
Cut 4, 9” squares of Fabric #1
Cut 4, 9” squares of Fabric #2
Cut 4, 9” squares of Fabric #3


To make your first Burp Cloth, make a sandwich with 2 pieces of patterned fabric (#1) and one piece of Flannel (fabric #3). Put the white flannel square in the middle of the two patterned pieces. Make sure the good sides are showing on each side. Then do the same with fabric #2. The picture below shows the layering. Pin in place.

Sew diagonally from the top point to the bottom point on each side of the fabric squares. So you will have a big X across each square.




Next take ONE of the squares and cut it exactly in half. This will give you two rectangles.


Now take the rectangles and place them on top of you uncut square, and pin in place. Sew the right edge with a ½” seam line. Then turn and sew the left edge. With a 1/2” seam line. (do not sew the top and bottom edges)



Open the cloth it will be flat on the back side and will show both seams on the front side. Sew a ¾” around the outside edge, this will lock the seams. Don't worry if your edges are not perfect, you can even them out later.



Next take your sharp scissors or quilt snips and snip next to the area where the seam is sewn down, snip on each side to free up the seams, then snip the seams 1/8” to ¼” apart all the way across being careful not to cut through your sewing, this creates the ragging effect. Next snip the entire outside edge. If you accidentally cut through your seam line just sew back over it.



Complete the other burp cloth in the same manner. Before you use your cloths wash them in warm soapy water with some fabric softener, this makes the fraying, ragging effect. Tumble Dry.

When you remove your burp cloths from the dryer they may have lots of loose and tangled threads. Just trim the loose threads away and trim any uneven edges. Your burp cloths are now ready to use.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Spy Quilt

I saw the cutest idea for a quilt online, called an "I Spy Quilt".  It is so fun!  A great idea for a young child who is just learning words! 

You need a lot of fabric scraps with interesting pictures on them in order to make this quilt.  I happen to have a bucket full of scraps leftover from all my rag quilt cutting.  So here is my version of the "I Spy Quilt".  I think it is better to make a smaller quilt for this project as it is more of a plaything than an actual "keep me warm" quilt. This quilt measures 36" x 22".

Materials you will need:
1 1/2  yards of solid fabric (for squares)
1 1/2 yards of fabric for backing
1/2 yard of  fabric for binding
1 small bag of batting
Lots of fabric scraps with interesting, fun things on them.

First I cut my rectangles 8 x 12


Then organize your scraps into 9 piles (one pile for each square) of complimentary fabrics.

I picked one fabric from each pile that I wanted to build the rectangle around.  Cut that piece a little bigger and place it on the rectangle.  Cut your other fabrics to fit into the rest of the rectangle.  Leave a 1 inch border around each rectangle.  This is my first Square!
Pin everything and sew it in place with a zig zag stitch along the raw edge.    I used a pink thread for this square. For a more finished look you can fold under the raw edges and iron in place then sew with the zig zag stitch.  Some of the fabrics look cute with a square placed on top of them.
Make 9 Rectangles this way then lay them out.
Sew the blocks together in rows of three using a 1/4" seam.  Then sew the rows together.
Add batting and binding.  For this quilt I did a simple zig zag in the ditch to hold everything together.  Your I Spy quilt is done!
This was a fun project and only took 1 day to make.  I think my granddaughter will like it.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Puppy Dog Problems

I have a Dog, his name is Bruiser.  Bruiser likes to mark on all my nice things. Anything carpeted is a big draw. I tried letting him out of the house more often, scolding him and even neutering him.  Nothing worked.  I decided I had to confine him in the kitchen area where we have no carpet for him to pee on.  But its sad for him to be separated from us and so, I began my search for a device, spray or alarm, anything to stop him from marking.  I searched the Internet for anything that might help.  I found a site selling a ace bandage type thing that you wrap around your dog to keep him from marking.  I thought that might work for us so I bought a couple.  And they did kinda work.  The problem was I was forced to wrap a long piece of material around and around and around my wiggly dog and then try to secure the thing.  I figured there must be a better way.  I experimented with a few materials and came up with my WeeWrap.  The WeeWrap is made with absorbent fleece on the inside and cute cotton material on the outside. I use Velcro to secure the ends and suggest the use of a feminine pad for dogs who still try to pee with the wrap on.  I also embroider the wrap with the dogs name. I make them in several sizes to fit almost any dog.  Everyone really likes them.  Here is little Bruiser wearing his WeeWrap.  Now he can join us in the living room and I don't have to worry about a mess to clean up.
Bruiser doesn't like to model very well so I bought Porkchop to help out!  He truly is the perfect dog.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Setting up My Etsy Shop++

Overloaded with quilts, I finally took the plunge and signed up for an Etsy shop.  I found the Etsy site very easy to use and it was really easy to set up my shop.  I did, however make a couple of  mistakes.  I didn't realize that my user name would be my shop name. I thought there would be a user name and then a separate shop name.  So, I put in my user name as beffie48 intending to think up a cute name after I got the shop set up.  I don't know if I just didn't read the instructions very well or if Etsy isn't very clear on this point, but anyway once you choose your user name you are stuck with it.  You can open a new shop with a different name, but once you have gotten some business and have some people who are giving your shop hearts you don't really want to set up a new shop from scratch. 
My second mistake was to put a different name for my shop on my banner.  My user name was beffie48 but I wanted my shop to be called Keiki Baby.  So I put Keiki Baby on the banner.  I didn't realize for several months that this is confusing to shoppers.  First of all it makes it hard for them to find you by your shop name.  Etsy stores your user name as your shop name so if a customer searched for my shop name as Keiki Baby nothing would show up on Etsy.  They would only be able to find my shop name by searching for beffie48.  I also found out the its is helpful to put your shop name in the tag area of some of your items. That way if someone does a search for your shop and they haven't selected "shop" in the drop down search box at Etsy, your shop will still come up. 
I opened my shop put my quilts up for sale and waited.  While I waited I started reading the "help" newsletters that Etsy sends out to you.  They are very helpful and I learned many important things from them.  The first I already shared with you, your user name and your shop name need to be the same.  I went into my shop and changed my shop name to match my user name.  I found a free banner for my shop and put that up until I could figure out how to make one myself.  I also started looking around Etsy to see exactly what types of items were selling well.  You can use Etsy's  "pounce" search to see recently sold items.
In those first couple of months I only sold a couple of quilts.  I felt a little frustrated,  was the price too high?  Did people not like them? Were they able to find my quilts in the vast ocean of Etsy shops?  Was my postage charge too high?  Was there a better, less expensive way to ship my items?